Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Washington

No matter which team you’re rooting for, the specials at these local bars will have you cheering this Sunday.

By: Mary Yarrison

The Bloody Mary at Cafe Saint-Ex. Photograph by Flickr user Jenn Larsen.

In this town, plenty of people have roots in either New York or Boston (or a seething hatred of at least one of those cities’ football teams). But even if you don’t belong to one of those camps, you’ll likely be watching the big game this Sunday. We’ve rounded up some great area bars offering special Super Bowl deals on drinks and food to ensure that no matter what the final score is, you (and your wallet) will come out a winner.

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Washington

Blue Banana will open two hours before kickoff and serve $12 Yuengling and Miller Lite pitchers and other $15 pitchers, in addition to specialty cocktail discounts. The regular food menu will be bolstered by the PORC Mobile food truck, offering sloppy joes, mac and cheese, and other barbecue and tailgating favorites. Leave the kids at home; this party is open only to those 21 and over.

Hudson Restaurant and Lounge will have food specials such as apricot spicy wings, bacon-crusted fish sticks, and lobster or short rib sliders for $5. To help you wash them down, during each quarter of the game the restaurant will offer a different one of its new specialty cocktails for $6, plus happy hour drink prices all day.

Lucky Bar in Dupont will host Beer and Baskets at the Bowl, featuring $3 Yuenglings and $12 Bud Light pitchers to accompany $5.75 baskets containing anything from bratwursts to chili cheese fries to fish and chips. Make sure to stay in your seat at halftime for prizes and giveaways.

The Mighty Pint at 1831 M Street, Northwest, will offer all drafts (including Guinness) for $3, and pitchers of Yuengling or Miller Lite for $11. Food specials will include half-price cheesesteaks, 18-inch cheese pizzas for $11, and $9 wing baskets,with fries or tots.

Nellie’s Sports Bar will offer $4 rail drinks, $4 Nellie Draft Beer, $4 Zing Zang Bloody Marys, $15 buckets of Budweiser, Bud Light, or Michelob Ultra, and a full food menu with most items priced under $8.

Cafe Saint-Ex is hosting its second annual Beer Bowl with beer specials from each of the two teams’ hometowns, upscale bar bites such as Buffalo-style sweetbreads and house-made Old Bay puffed pork rinds, and football trivia.

Stetson’s has installed a new HD projection screen in the downstairs bar to accompany the three HD screens upstairs, so you can see every tackle in gory detail. Enjoy the new TVs along with food and drink specials on Sunday.

The Ritz-Carlton’s Lobby Bar at its downtown location and Degrees Bistro in Georgetown will both offer classy New York vs. Boston competitions. Downtown, you’ll find a clam chowder showdown (New York’s tomato base against the creamy New England variety), as well as Sam Adams–battered fish and chips and classic New York–style hot dogs. At the Georgetown location, feast on Sam Adams–steamed mussles or Big Blue sliders. Both places will offer specialty cocktails made just for Super Bowl 46.

Ventnor Sports Cafe will serve food and beverage specials targeted to Giants and Patriots fans alike. Natives of New York and Boston can expect to see classics from their hometowns and should make reservations to ensure a spot.

 

Maryland

The Barking Dog has 13 TVs and holds 300 people on two floors. Up top on Sunday, you’ll find unlimited wings, nachos, tacos, hot dogs, and beer for $30, and on the ground floor, you’ll have access to the full menu.

BlackFinn will play the game with sound on 16 flat-screens and serve a game-day food menu with various wings and sliders, “kitchen sink” nachos, burgers, and flatbreads. Drink specials include $2 Yuengling bottles, $3 Coors Light and Miller Lite bottles, $18 beer towers, $5 house wine, and $7 Red Bull and Smirnoff cocktails.

Tommy Joe’s is a Patriots bar, so it’s bound to fill up early. Catch the game on many of the bar’s 22 HDTVs while taking advantage of various food and drink specials.

 

Virginia

Rock Bottom Brewery will offer $2 off pints, $1 off well drinks, and $6 Patron margaritas; the long list of food specials includes $7 pizzas.

Crystal City Sports Pub will offer pregame appetizers and a half-time dinner buffet for $35 (prepaid reservations required).

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse will host the Big Game on the Big Screen, boasting regular service and free admission.

 

If you’ll be hosting a group at home, check out Best Bites Blog for two stellar chili recipes (Clyde's Chili and Chili from Busboys and Poets) and our lineup of team-appropriate takeout specials, coming later this week.